By Anonymous - United States
Today, I found out how acidic some of the chemicals I work with are. After a chemical shower, minor burns, and having to throw away my clothes due to a biohazard, I had the pleasure of running across the parking lot to my car, wearing only a lab coat around my waist. FML
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  PhoenixChick  |  26

It's a figure of speech. Like, "I found out how hot the stove is when I sat on it naked." Obviously the idea of the stove being hot, and there being ways to measure that, are not new. It's first hand experience driving it home.

By  Welshite  |  39

As a chemist, I'm not quite sure what you were expecting. Knowing the hazards of your chemicals is part of your job. I work with lethal substances, high/low pH solutions, carcinogens, etc. and we are trained for proper measures in the case of exposure for each chemical. Also, I highly doubt you would have been allowed to return home without being monitored by medical services.

  rldostie  |  19

I agree, probably has more clothes in the car. And sometimes being aware of how dangerous something is mentally isn't the same as being reminded physically.

  Welshite  |  39

#24: I hate to be a realist, but sometimes you don't have a chance to be reminded physically. One of my chemicals will kill me with a skin exposure the size of a quarter. We actually had a near miss last week (dude is extremely lucky to be alive), and a death in the industry last year from this particular material. I use it often. Another of my chemicals is so corrosive that it'll eat my skin to my bones. Another will give me cancer. Chemistry isn't a game, and many people underestimate the danger.

  PhoenixChick  |  26

I'm sure they really were aware. It's a figure of speech. "I found out how sharp kitten claws are when they lacerated my cornea" doesn't mean someone didn't know previously that they were sharp, or wasn't being careful. It means that they now have first hand knowledge. Because accidents do happen, even in labs with dangerous materials.

  manofmerr  |  27

You mean aside from "chemistry, the board game," chemistry is not a game. The board game is fun. Especially when we squirt each other with H2SO4. Or guess which hat has mercury in it by feeling around. I always loved playing that game. Now i haunt the fml site. Because im a ghost. I cant seem to remember how that happened though....

By  Comments_Galore  |  16

The most important thing is, You're Alive. Sure burns hurt, but in time, they'll heal. It's unfortunate to hear you had an accident, hope the pain goes away. I'd recommend a cream, but alas, I cannot think of any off the top of my head.

  Taolan  |  23

Chemical "burns" are a little worse than regular burns, and even minor ones can leave gnarly scars.

This post makes it sound rather frivolous, but hopefully the situation was handled with a higher degree of seriousness.

By  thesmeagol  |  22

I believe a msds could have told you that, not sure if this is outside US or not ( damn app update) but US its a legal requirement for your employer to keep that info onsite.